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NSF Classroom Resources - National Science Foundation

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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry....more
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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry. The content is predictably detailed, "real science" based on topics and phenomena that will interest students. These are the best of the best lessons and resources with applicability to lots of settings.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), biomes (116), chemicals (40), computers (94), cultures (105), earth (228), engineering (125), environment (317), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), numbers (204), origami (17), planets (123), robotics (25), space (205), symmetry (55)

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Bookmark this site as a reference site for finding further material. Under each subject find a varity of formats from forums and articles, to videos, interactives, podcasts, experiments and more. Some of the resources on this site may lead to a starting point for individual or group projects. Use parts of this site at a center. Share this site with staff (especially new teachers) and parents looking to extend science and math activities at home.

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Conservation at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy - Library of Congress

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- Grades 9-12 - This unit is based on the debate over damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, which helped mark the evolution of the conservation movement. ...more
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- Grades 9-12 - This unit is based on the debate over damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, which helped mark the evolution of the conservation movement. The unit has two parts: the first details conservation through the rationales of various historical figures, and the second outlines the case study of Hetch Hetchy. The format of the second part includes a mock hearing where students present their researched ideas. In the course of the unit, students will also compare historical ideas of conservation with current ones.

tag(s): conservation (127), ecology (135), environment (317)

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Be sure help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them.

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A Virtual Tour of the Dinosaurs - Smithsonian Institution

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9 to 12
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This site from the National Museum of Natural History offers a paleontologist's view of dinosaurs, with most content devoted to fossil remains in the museum collections. This is a scientific...more
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This site from the National Museum of Natural History offers a paleontologist's view of dinosaurs, with most content devoted to fossil remains in the museum collections. This is a scientific exhibit which shows students the factual basis on which many popularized interpretations of "dinosaur lifestyles" have been based.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57)

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Allow students to explore the interactive tour on the interactive whiteboard or projector. It does take a few seconds to load, but once up the tour is a great way to show how the Smithsonian treats the artifacts the get and learn more facts about dinosaur. Use this site at the end of a unit on dinosaurs to review in a different way! It might not be the same as going to the museum itself, but it isn't a bad replacement.

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Terrarum - A Guide to Physical Geography

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This site offers a well-written guide to physical geography: climate, earth, land, sky, water, and energy. There is a discussion with references for each topic, and the narrative, while...more
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This site offers a well-written guide to physical geography: climate, earth, land, sky, water, and energy. There is a discussion with references for each topic, and the narrative, while loaded with real science is simple enough to keep students engaged. Excellent resource for independent study or enrichment.

tag(s): geology (81)

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SuperStorm '93 - Storm of the Century - University of Illinois

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The weather wonks in your class will love this presentation from the University of Illinois about the blizzard that engulfed most of the northeastern US in March, 1993. The site ...more
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The weather wonks in your class will love this presentation from the University of Illinois about the blizzard that engulfed most of the northeastern US in March, 1993. The site shows how three storms converged to cause one mega-blizzard. Lots of excellent visuals combined with very understandable text.

tag(s): weather (188)

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Squid Search - Smithsonian Institution

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Follow a team sponsored by the Smithsonian as they search the deepest ocean off New Zealand for signs of giant squid. Pay particular attention to the daily log section, which ...more
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Follow a team sponsored by the Smithsonian as they search the deepest ocean off New Zealand for signs of giant squid. Pay particular attention to the daily log section, which provides details on how the search was conducted, as well as the results.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Schoolyard Habitats - National Wildlife Foundation

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This site is the companion to the National Wildlife Fund's project to help schools construct wildlife-friendly habitats on school grounds. There are lots of tips on how to inventory...more
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This site is the companion to the National Wildlife Fund's project to help schools construct wildlife-friendly habitats on school grounds. There are lots of tips on how to inventory a site ad determine what kinds of habitat might succeed. There are also lots of ways for schools to share their experiences. If you're interested in a class project, here's a great place to start.

tag(s): animals (276)

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Oceanography at UEA

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This British site includes data on current oceanographic modeling projects through the School of Mathematics and the School of Environmental Sciences. Includes sophisticated research...more
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This British site includes data on current oceanographic modeling projects through the School of Mathematics and the School of Environmental Sciences. Includes sophisticated research data.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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The Ocean Information Center - University of Delaware

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This site has as its goal to better understand the large-scale circulation of the world ocean, and in particular its impact on climate. The site includes current data from research...more
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This site has as its goal to better understand the large-scale circulation of the world ocean, and in particular its impact on climate. The site includes current data from research ships, as well as other oceanographic information sources. Very detailed and research-oriented.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Ocean Planet: Interdisciplinary Marine Science Activities - Smithsonian Institution

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This site is actually an online booklet. A very clear and useful tool that reviews recent ocean research and encourages ocean conservation. Has six sections which cross disciplines....more
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This site is actually an online booklet. A very clear and useful tool that reviews recent ocean research and encourages ocean conservation. Has six sections which cross disciplines. Can be used in Biology, Math, Geography and Social Studies classrooms. All of the six sections follow the same format. Users can download activities in Adobe Acrobat Format.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans in your classroom on a unit about the oceans and the life in them. Make sure to look at these lesson plans well ahead of time, to ensure that they are feasible as some of the essay activities could be time intensive.
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The Secret Forest

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This site has several nice question and answer pages with scientists and others studying birds, forests, climates and the like. This link to "old stuff" also leads to a number ...more
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This site has several nice question and answer pages with scientists and others studying birds, forests, climates and the like. This link to "old stuff" also leads to a number of stories and articles about ecology and forests. We couldn't make the games or dictionary work, but the rest of the site is well worth a visit.

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Ocean Link: Marine Science Information and Interaction

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Ocean Link is a Marine Science web site. It gives information on Marine Science careers and gives very detailed news from the ocean. It would be a great resource for ...more
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Ocean Link is a Marine Science web site. It gives information on Marine Science careers and gives very detailed news from the ocean. It would be a great resource for Biology students, as it subdivides marine life by pictures and groupings. You can question a Marine Scientist, find lesson plans and resource packages, or find links to other sites. From Ocean Link of British Columbia, Canada.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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The Museum of Paleontology

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This site includes an online exhibit as well as educational resources. The online exhibition topics include: Phylogeny, Geological Time, and Evolutionary Thought. The exhibits are rich...more
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This site includes an online exhibit as well as educational resources. The online exhibition topics include: Phylogeny, Geological Time, and Evolutionary Thought. The exhibits are rich with information on the history of life on Earth. Have students make their own on-line guides to the virtual museum.

tag(s): fossils (44), paleontology (41)

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Within the teachers resource section of this site are 8 online virtual exhibits that would make excellent learning centers or stations in a science classroom. Save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval for the ones best suited for your classroom!

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Meteorology Guides from the University of Illinois - University of Illinois

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This visually exciting site includes step by step presentations of more than a dozen meteorological concepts from water cycles to en Nino to hurricanes and blizzards. There are separate...more
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This visually exciting site includes step by step presentations of more than a dozen meteorological concepts from water cycles to en Nino to hurricanes and blizzards. There are separate sections for hurricanes and severe storms, as well as a case studies section which highlights unusual weather events of the past decade. Many of the visuals use the Macromedia Shockwave player.

tag(s): weather (188)

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Malin's Antarctic Research

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This site provides images gathered during fieldwork at McMurdo Bay in the Antarctic from December 1993 to January 1994. Images could be used as part of a student hypermedia project....more
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This site provides images gathered during fieldwork at McMurdo Bay in the Antarctic from December 1993 to January 1994. Images could be used as part of a student hypermedia project. Image descriptions are quite technical.

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NOAA's Arctic Theme Page

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Designed primarily as a vehicle for sharing scientific data, this site also includes images and information on the study of climatic changes in the arctic region. Is the polar ice ...more
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Designed primarily as a vehicle for sharing scientific data, this site also includes images and information on the study of climatic changes in the arctic region. Is the polar ice cap melting? You can find out what the scientists say here.

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NOAA National Climatic Data Center

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This site provides resources for the study of the world's climates. Included are resources, images, and events related to weather. Use this site to teach about spreadsheets, probability,...more
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This site provides resources for the study of the world's climates. Included are resources, images, and events related to weather. Use this site to teach about spreadsheets, probability, statistics, as well as weather phenomena.

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Hooper Virtual Natural History Museum - Carleton College

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Grades 6-12 contains student created information on paleontology and earth science; from geo-archaeology to volcanism. Click on " HVNHM Gallery" to take the museum tour and see the...more
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Grades 6-12 contains student created information on paleontology and earth science; from geo-archaeology to volcanism. Click on " HVNHM Gallery" to take the museum tour and see the list of exhibits.

tag(s): geology (81), paleontology (41)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on paleontology. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. This would be a great resource for an Earth Sciences classroom.

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GeologyLink

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This is a comprehensive resource for geology students and faculty, providing links to research data, lecture notes, teaching materials, and geology projects. Developed by the University...more
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This is a comprehensive resource for geology students and faculty, providing links to research data, lecture notes, teaching materials, and geology projects. Developed by the University of Washington with support from Worth Publishing. Lots of depth, but the site assumes a working knowledge of the field.

tag(s): geology (81), paleontology (41)

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Geologic Time - Enchanted Learning

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Enchanted Learning offers this detailed geologic time line, showing geologic period from the Permain on forward. Time segments link to description of the creatures that thrived during...more
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Enchanted Learning offers this detailed geologic time line, showing geologic period from the Permain on forward. Time segments link to description of the creatures that thrived during those periods. It's a great site for showing students how much life had evolved before the dinosaurs arrived.

tag(s): geology (81), paleontology (41)

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